The Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program: Understanding the new private sector preparedness program

October 2008
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At a glance

Legislation titled Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 encourages companies to develop business continuity and emergency management plans for catastrophic events. Companies can elect to certify that they comply with standards of the voluntary program. Here, PwC suggests strategies for accreditation.

Highlights

  1. The Act encourages organizations to establish robust business continuity and emergency management plans.
  2. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with the private sector is considering current corporate processes, standards, and protocols for use in program certification.
  3. The standards adopted for the program are expected to be recognized industry-wide as the best practice in business continuity and emergency management.
  4. Companies can prepare now to become certification-ready.
  5. The Act encourages companies to voluntarily certify their business continuity and emergency management plans.